Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Assessor Certificate

Award Summary:

The aim of this course is to provide participants with the skills, knowledge and experience to competently assess Surf Life Saving awards.

These three units are pre-requisites for candidates wishing to become endorsed assessors.

Unit/s of Competency:

TAEASS401A – Plan assessment activities and processes

TAEASS402A – Assess competence

TAEASS403A – Participate in assessment validation


On completion of this course candidates will be issued with a statement of attainment for the above three units.

To become a SLSA endorsed assessor candidates must then be mentored to assess a minimum of two (2) courses in their chosen field. Once this has been signed off by the mentor, candidates will also be issued with a SLSA Assessor Certificate in the discipline of their choice. Further details on this process are available under Education Standard Operating Procedures on this website.

Course content:

  • Overview of assessment
  • Planning for assessment
  • Assessment methods
  • Assessment tools
  • Organising arrangements and assessor skills
  • Assessing competence
  • Organising recognition processes
  • Recording and reviewing assessment outcomes
  • Validation of assessment
  • Contributing to validation
  • Analysing and documenting validation


  • Candidates must be a minimum of 18 years of age on the date of the final assessment

Note: Before you can become an assessor for any award (eg Bronze Medallion, IRB crew etc), you must have current knowledge of the award you wish to assess and be endorsed as an assessor in that award by this Branch.

Course Duration:

The duration of the course is approximately 20 hours. Additional time will be needed to complete assessments with your mentor.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

If you believe you already possess some or all of the skills and knowledge of this course, you may wish to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Consult the SLSNSW RPL Guide for Applicants available on the Participant Resources page of the SLSNSW website.

Course enquiries:

Enquiries and bookings for this course are through the Director of Education.


Assessment is through demonstration, presentation and application of all elements of competency in the workplace. Participants will be required to complete activities that may include role-plays, oral and written questioning, practical demonstrations and performing scenarios.


There are no proficiency requirements for the assessor units TAEASS401A, TAEASS402A, and TAEASS403A

Assessors must re-endorse every two years to remain current. As part of this process they need to attend an update workshop and must provide evidence of currency by supplying their Vocational Education and Training (VET) log book details.


Assessor Courses are Branch facilitated and are run by SLSNSW endorsed facilitators.

Training resources for this course:


  • Training enrolment form
  • Assessor Certificate Learner guide
  • RPL application form
  • Participant evaluation form
  • Training course report
  • Multi Day attendance sheet

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